Louvre Abu Dhabi is a universal museum and is working hard to create human connections through art, dating from prehistory to the present. A pioneering cultural project – the origins of Louvre Abu Dhabi is dated back to March 2007.
Louvre Abu Dhabi is famous as a new cultural beacon that brings a number of cultures under one roof to showcase on the shared stories of humanity. The UAE and France got together and formed a partnership for cultural exchange, and the highlight of this would be the establishment of Louvre Abu Dhabi on Saadiyat Island. Their collaboration is expected to present the UAE’s futuristic vision of cultural progression and openness, with France’s expertise in the world of art and museums. It would explore the shared themes that reveal and connect humanity.
The result is Louvre Abu Dhabi. It represents the dynamic nature of the contemporary Arab world while celebrating the region’s vibrant multicultural heritage. Agence France-Muséums – 17 of France’s most renowned cultural institutions are in collaboration of artworks to this UAE museum and provides management expertise.
A universal museum in the Arab world, Louvre Abu Dhabi focuses on uniting: the stories of human creativity. The museum presents different cultures together to shine fresh light on these common stories of humanity, beyond individual civilisations, times or places.
This exceptional philosophy guides the museum in each and every aspect it does, right from its foundation as a collaboration between two cultures, to the stunning architecture that combines French design with Arabic heritage. Louvre Abu Dhabi presents cultural achievements from prehistory to the present day. The galleries are united and not divided by geography but set in chronological order. They support, educate and encourage respect, curiosity, learning and self-reflection. Louvre Abu Dhabi applies a strict international protocol for artworks entering the collection, as outlined in the intergovernmental agreement between Abu Dhabi and France, signed in 2007. This protocol is strictly aligned with the 1970 UNESCO convention and follows the most demanding standards of major museums in the world.
The acquisition committee is chaired by HE Mohamad Al Mubarak, Chairman, Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi, with Vice-Chairman, Jean-Luc Martinez, President, Musée du Louvre.
Visit the museum and view the exhibits, get a choice of beverage from the café or kayak around, the museum has also put together a special initiative on Friday, May 14. Right from 19:00 to 21:00, calligraffiti artists Diaa Allam and Michael Ang will be combining calligraphy, graffiti and urban media art to transform the museum’s walls with colourful Eid greetings and messages.
Those visiting at the time can share their Eid messages with the artists and watch as they are transformed into art in real time. While the permanent galleries will close at 18:30, the Abstraction and Calligraphy exhibition will remain open until 20:30.
Tue – Sun: 10:00 – 18:30
Louvre Abu Dhabi
Saadiyat Cultural District, Saadiyat Island
Abu Dhabi – United Arab Emirates.
Tel.: +971 60 056 5566
Photo courtesy: www.louvreabudhabi.ae
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